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November 1, 2022

On November 1, 2022, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final rule for
the CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).

CMS had previously released their proposed version on July 7, 2022. After receiving submitted feedback from the public during the comment period, CMS published the final version that, unless otherwise stated, will have policies going into effect January 1, 2023. Much of what was proposed in July remains in this final version.

End of the Public Health Emergency (PHE)

CMS is going forward with the policies required of the Medicare program that were in the 2022 Budget Act. These
policies included allowing some of the temporary telehealth COVID policies to continue through a 151-day grace period
after the end of the PHE and delaying other permanent policies:
• Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), rural health clinics (RHCs), physical therapists, occupational therapists,
audiologists and speech-language pathologists remain eligible providers to be reimbursed by Medicare if they provide
certain services via telehealth during this grace period.
• The patient may be in the home when receiving these services and the geographic limitation would also not apply
during the 151 day grace period.
• Policies around the provision of mental health via telehealth that were put into law by the Consolidated Appropriations
Act (CAA) passed in December 2020 and administrative policies from the 2022 PFS are also delayed during this 151 day
grace period.
• The temporary telehealth eligible services COVID-19 list will remain fully available during this 151-day grace period.

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